By Trey McCurry.
Columbia, SC – Jonathan Meyer pitched a gem for the Tigers, but it wasn’t enough as South Carolina defeated Clemson 4-3 Sunday at Carolina Stadium to end the Tiger’s season. It was the second time in three seasons that the Gamecocks have ended the season for the Tigers and the sixth straight postseason loss to South Carolina.
David Haselden got the start for the Tigers but couldn’t get out of the first inning. Haselden left with two outs in the first after giving up three hits, three runs and three earned runs. Jonathan Meyer came in to relieve Haselden in the first and went the distance. Meyer pitched 8.1 innings and only gave up seven hits, one run and one earned run.
Jordan Montgomery dominated the Clemson batters for the first five innings. The Tigers only hit came from Jon McGibbon in the second.
Clemson scored three runs on seven hits. Kieboom, Pohl and Brittle each had an RBI for the Tigers.
South Carolina jumped out to a big lead in the first inning. Pankake tripled to start the game. Marzilli hit a sacrifice fly to score Pankake. A single and a double made it 3-0 Gamecocks after the top of the first.
The Gamecocks added another run in the sixth to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Clemson finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Steve Wilkerson singled with one away. Thomas Brittle doubled down the left field line to score Wilkerson. Richie Shaffer singled to left center advancing Brittle to third. Phil Pohl grounded out to third scoring Brittle to cut the lead in half, 4-2.
The Tigers ninth inning rally came up just short. With one out Jay Baum singled to center. Spencer Kieboom singled to right to score Baum. Brad Felder hit a long fly ball to the warning track that was caught to end the game and the Tiger’s season.